Is fall here yet? It’s hard to tell in Southern California. The only glimpse of it I’ve seen is our drastic weather changes; 100 degrees one day and 65 the next. Without the true signs of fall to signal a changing of the seasons – colorful leaves, cool, brisk air, a drop in temps - I instead have to recreate them in my home in the form of fall scents. Yes, there are “fall or autumn” scents that bring back memories of the season (of course those memories for me are of SoCal, so what the heck am I thinking!?) but pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and evergreen forests come to mind.
Filling my home with scented candles is one of the easiest ways to reproduce that illusion. I’ve learned from experience that the more expensive candles are worth their money; they burn evenly and smell terrific all the way to the very end. Yankee Candles are my favorite and I can usually find them at a slightly lower price at TJ Maxx or Home Goods stores rather than the mall.
Candles also give off a warm glow – but beware, where there are candles, there’s fire.
Burn, Baby, Burn!
Here are a few safety tips when burning candles:
- Open spaces. Don’t place candles too close to a dangling curtain or set them next to anything flammable. I make sure there’s nothing near the flame or candle’s base.
- Harder is better -non-flammable when possible. Granite, stone, or concrete counter tops are safest for burning candles. Wood and glass are fine too as long as the surface doesn’t get too hot.
- Not too low nor too long. Most candles have a “burn time” of about 2-4 hours. After that, the base becomes incredibly hot and can scorch a surface. Free standing candles shouldn’t burn nearly as long as glass jar candles.
- Extinguish the fire. Even if you’re just running out to get the mail, don’t let candles burn unattended. Many-a-fires have been started this way.
It’s also smart to update your home insurance policy and make sure you’re covered in case of fires caused by burning candles – which technically would be classified as neglect. Having a couple of fire extinguishers on hand is also smart. Not long ago we had to use one of our own. The event wasn’t candle related, instead it was scented oil related – which we won’t be repeating anytime soon. Oil is flammable, don’t ya’ know? Well, now we know.
This is the season of fire hazards; candles, holiday lights, burnt-to-a-crisp turkeys, etc. so be safe!
What precautions do you use for preventing fires?